Title Sharing heat Pump, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Knowledge
Project Number 2010-1-NL1-LEO05-02654
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The project aim is to create ICT-tool to measure skills and qualifications of a persons or a group of persons, necessary to install and maintain a heatpumpsystem , and to give an overview of the available courseware and assessment methods to cover the gap of skills and qualifications.
With the VET- and VET-related organizations, industry and other stakeholders will cooperate in and to share and optimize European expertise; optimize/develop and implement innovate competence profiles, innovative lesson, training and teaching materials, methods.
In the near future the sector of heat-pump technology, refrigeration and air conditioning will be subject to a multitude of
changes, both on national and on European level. These changes range from:  Market changes;  Changes in law &
regulations;  Technical and technological developments;  Organizational and managerial changes;  European
harmonization. Furthermore, the sector struggles with a decrease of qualified craftsmen. The above mentioned changes
cause the sector to initiate new developments. These developments are necessary for the sector in order to maintain and to
enhance the sector’s use of renewable energy, employability and workability at a reliable and accepted level and to prevent
the sector from losing its competitive capabilities. The sector therefore has an urgent need to develop ways of keeping its
workforce active, up to date, in motion and at strength, to keep its activities and services at a reliable and accepted level, to
increase the deployment of renewable energy, and to increase the transparency of relevant qualifications and competences
on a European level, in order to ease and increase the mobility of the sector’s workforce.
The SPARK project will ensure that employers, skilled workers, trainers/teachers and students have good access to up-todate competence profiles, up-to-date training materials, methods and approaches to increase their knowledge about heatpump technology, refrigeration and air conditioning. The sector will benefit from all this because it will be able to cope with the deployment of energy from renewable sources, to cope with the contemporary and future market changes, the changes in law and regulations, the technical and technological developments.
The SPARK project aims at a transfer of innovation in knowledge between VET, VET-related organizations and professional
bodies by looking at the European qualification structure, the European legislation regarding the sector of heat-pump
technology, refrigeration and air conditioning and by adapting competence profiles, training materials, methods and
approaches towards this structure and legislation The following activities are to be carried out: (1) Inventory and analysis of competence profiles, training materials, legislations; (2) Adaptation and upgrading of competence profiles, materials, methods and approaches to the EN13313 standard and the use of F-gasses; (3) Translation of product results into English; (4) Organizing pilots for trainers and students; (5) Realisation of practical ICT solutions for making results available for a wide range of users; (6) Realisation of an ICT competence measurement tool adapted to the use of the sector.
Description The SPARK project will ensure that employers, skilled workers, trainers/teachers and students have good access to up-todate competence profiles, up-to-date training materials, methods and approaches to increase their knowledge about heatpump technology, refrigeration and air conditioning. The sector will benefit from all this because it will be able to cope with the deployment of energy from renewable sources, to cope with the contemporary and future market changes, the changes in law and regulations, the technical and technological developments.
Open and distance learning
Recognition, transparency, certification
Sectors Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
program or curricula
transparency and certification
description of new occupation profiles
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
open and distance learning
The Spark Products are:
1. Seminar/information round per country with stakeholders;
2. Joint final event;
3. Distributed project results within the concerned sectors, and to other sectors and stakeholders within the EU by taking part in fairs, exhibitions, seminars, conferences regarding the subject;
4. 2 Periodical publications on project progress and results per partner in newsletters, trade magazines;
5. Up-to-date projectwebsite/portal;
6. Project logo;
7. Project flyer and project poster in the national languages of the partnership;
8. Project gadget.